In terms of fantasy books, i would rank this one pretty high, maybe even above the Wheel of Time series. I found this book to be interesting, thought provoking, and very, very well written. This was my first Sanderson book, i listened to this right after listening to books 12 & 13 of the wheel of time series and i was interested to read more by him and it did not disappoint. I found there to be some almost Sci-Fi elements that i really enjoyed but you really grow to like the characters and you root for them almost immediately. One of my favorite parts about the fantasy genre is the length of the books - this one is over 48 hours i believe. Some fantasy stories contain filler for most of the story (Wheel of Time), i did not find that to be true of this story and i really gained a new appreciation for the genre as a whole.
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I would absolutely recommend this audiobook to all fantasy lovers.
I think that the ending is quite epic, but I won't leave spoilers here.
Jack Garrett is a skilled narrator, never once boring, always matching his pace and tone to the story - for example, at times of great tension and suspense, his narration is brisker and more suspenseful.
The main character's desire to bring hope, purpose and order through leadership in a hopeless place is very reminiscent of the main character Kaladin in Sanderson's "Way of Kings". I think Sanderson seems to have an affinity for the martyr-like, against-all-odds type heroes, but that's alright by me. They certainly keep me rooting for them.
I'd recommend Elantris to anyone who's read some of Sanderson's work and loved it, but with the caveat that it's my least favorite of the 8 books of his I've read.
Elantris, like the rest of Sanderson's books, has unique and interesting world building. I wish the book focused more on the struggles in "Elantris" itself, because that was the most interesting part of the book for me.
Sanderson's newer books have been some of my favorites. I wish that Elantris could be rewritten now that he's hit his stride. It's got such an interesting concept and there is a lot more exploration he could do in this compelling world.
Ranks pretty high. I would say Elantris, being the first real Sci Fi book I've gotten into was a great one.
The narration was great. The readers voices were done very well and kept you into it at all times
yes. I found my self sitting int he car at the end of my commute a couple of extra minutes to get to a break. I didn't want to stop in the middle of something important
The chapter transitions a jarring. That would be the only thing I would complain about. no pause between them and very abrupt
The story line is captivating! Each of the main characters are easy to like and I found my self excited to read their parts of the story In turn... As opposed to getting frustrated and wanting to follow one character through to the end then go back for the next...
I found myself daydreaming about the characters quite a lot when I was unable to listen and thus I must say there really wasn't one moment I can pin point. It was a fun story all around.
I had a little trouble telling some of the characters apart... The narrator was not very good at portraying different female voices and sometimes during a conversation I would be confused who was talking. This could however be due to my listening while working night shifts....
As with most if Brandon Sandersons' books I became very attached to the characters and cried along with their sorrows and laughed at their witty moments. I was sorry when it ended!
It's is a good stand alone read. If you have enjoyed Brandon sandersons other books you will enjoy this one too! If you haven't ever listened to his work before this is a great place to start.
More depth to the characters.
I keep reading / listening to Sanderson's books expecting a new Wheel of Time or The Way of Kings book. Sadly, I remain disappointed. There is such potential in Elantris and the magic system is unique. The story is compelling to begin and then becomes muddled in the middle and end. There is a lack of character motivation in these stories and the intent and purpose behind many of the characters actions seems...wrong. I would not recommend this book to those seeking depth similar to TWoK or WoT books.
I really loved this story. I consider this one of the best books I have listened to.
I found this book very unique in that as an epic fantasy story, it was done in only onok. I was impressed by SAnderson's artistry in creating a strong character driven story and a unique magic system, and be able to successfully start and finish it in one long book.
I loved the book in its entirety. could not put it down.
I only wish I had more time to listen to it faster. But in hindsight, I hate that it is over. I hope Sanderson returns to Elantris once again.
It is hard to choose just one one favorite characters. The prince is the kind of person most people would want to be--positive in the face of impossible circumstances, someone who trusts people and believes in the innate goodness of Man, and who pulls out the best in nearly everyone he meets.
The Dula, Galadin, is an interesting person, the counter-point to the prince's positive outlook, but one of the more fun characters in the book.
The Yorn (the main priest in the book) is also one of my favorites, trying to manipulate others to his plans and trying to do the best to covert the people's of the new kingdom he is assigned to.
It was so interesting that I picked it back up a week later, and re-listened to it. I do like more audio books I get, but this one was unique, seeing the way the author wove the different characters and their games and purposes into an interesting story. There were some parts that moved slower than others, but it is definitely a story I would (and have) recommended to all my friends.
Sanderson is brilliant at creating new and original magic systems in his equally amazing worlds, and Elantris is no exception! This may be his debut book, but it is obvious that he knows what he's doing. This is the kind of detail and complexity one expects from a seasoned author--a writer of epics. This stand-alone novel does just that: it stands alone in a crowd of "same old, same old." It's so good to see something fresh and enjoyable.
Good if it was a a book by any random author. But doesn't match the caliber that I am used to from reading books by Brandon Sanderson. It was much slower paced then mistborn series, warbreaker, or the way of kings. Still good though.
It was good
Yes, I do; because Brandon told us what questions he didn't answer yet from his elantris universe in the end of elantris. A second book would answer these questions.